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Napier
04-18-2003, 06:13 AM
In the theme song for the reality television show COPS, there is a line that sounds to me like:
"Not even your Eisenhower give you no break."
What are they saying?

Ice Wolf
04-18-2003, 06:29 AM
Well, the lyrics on this page (http://www.metrolyrics.com/lyrics/41815/Inner_Circle/Bad_Boys_(Theme_From_) are:


Nobody naw give you no break
Police naw give you no break
Soldier naw give you no break
Not even you idren naw give you no break


My bolding.

Ice Wolf
04-18-2003, 06:32 AM
"Idren" is a Jamaican term for "female friend".
From here. (http://www.atasteofjamaica.com/m_f.htm)

JeffB
04-18-2003, 08:48 AM
Actually, "idren" can mean male or female friend(s). In this context, it's sort of the Jamaican equivalent of "homeys".

Smeghead
04-18-2003, 10:34 AM
Eisenhower???

I admit, though, it's kind of a cool mental image...

DisneyWizard
08-04-2013, 08:22 PM
Fact: Captioners often type what is misheard.
Fact: "Not even your Eisenhower give you no break." is definitely misheard.
Fact: The closed caption of the COPS theme song is mis-captioned "idren naw"
Opinion: I hear "Eisenhower" as well, and confirm your truthful observation.

In the theme song for the reality television show COPS, there is a line that sounds to me like:
"Not even your Eisenhower give you no break."
What are they saying?

You are correct, "Not even your Eisenhower give you no break." is the actual lyric.
Also consider the entire stanza. Enforcers such as para-military and military is the topic. Not friends and lovers. Disregarding the double negative "nah give ya nah break" the point is uniformed gangsters and other thugs in blue organized to legally carry and brandish firearms and other weapons such are dogs and batons, and coordinated by radio can not be depended on to cut perpetrators slack - "give you no break." Police nor Soldier, not even Eisenhower as military commander or our U.S. president.

And that's the straight dope, so get it Dwight, D.

GIGObuster
08-04-2013, 08:56 PM
Fact: Captioners often type what is misheard.
Fact: "Not even your Eisenhower give you no break." is definitely misheard.
Fact: The closed caption of the COPS theme song is mis-captioned "idren naw"
Opinion: I hear "Eisenhower" as well, and confirm your truthful observation.



You are correct, "Not even your Eisenhower give you no break." is the actual lyric.
Also consider the entire stanza. Enforcers such as para-military and military is the topic. Not friends and lovers. Disregarding the double negative "nah give ya nah break" the point is uniformed gangsters and other thugs in blue organized to legally carry and brandish firearms and other weapons such are dogs and batons, and coordinated by radio can not be depended on to cut perpetrators slack - "give you no break." Police nor Soldier, not even Eisenhower as military commander or our U.S. president.

And that's the straight dope, so get it Dwight, D.

Nope, that is an opinion too. :p

Looking at other lyric places, virtually all agree on "Not even you idren naw give you no break".

As the band that made the song is from Jamaica (No, it was not Bob Marley you clueless youtubers, but Inner Circle), the most simple explanation is that that line has its origins in the Rastafarian world of Jamaican patois, and indeed:

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/jamaica/0093020558.html
The patois has been embellished and altered with the growth of Rastafarianism. Rastas have injected several grammatical concepts, one of the most apparent being the repeated use of "I" -- a reminder of their reverence of Ras Tafari. "I" is almost always substituted for the pronoun "me." It is also substituted for many prefixes or initial syllables. Thus, "all right," becomes "I're," "brethren" becomes "Idren," and "praises" becomes "Ises." The Rastafarian changes of Jamaica's patois are a recent phenomenon and have not always been adopted by non-Rastas.

engineer_comp_geek
08-04-2013, 09:32 PM
You are correct, "Not even your Eisenhower give you no break." is the actual lyric.

I just listened to it (several times actually) and it's pretty clearly "not even your idren now give you no breaks". I can't get Eisenhower out of it.

moriah
08-04-2013, 10:18 PM
zomg! the neighborhood is being overrun by Eisenhowers!

Elendil's Heir
08-04-2013, 11:17 PM
Nixon's bound to be behind it, I tell you. :: shakes fist :: Damn you, Nixon!

astro
08-04-2013, 11:59 PM
Rastafarian Generals (http://www.duffelblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/rasta.jpg) knows this is true.

Little Nemo
08-05-2013, 12:54 AM
But he always seemed so likeable...

Manduck
08-05-2013, 12:57 AM
Actually it's "Not even Steve Yzerman will give you no break". I am absolutely certain :)

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
08-05-2013, 04:31 AM
Eisenhower???

I admit, though, it's kind of a cool mental image...

Mental image of Eisenhower in Crip colors, earrings, bandana on his head, & earrings.

Yikes.
:eek:

Si Amigo
08-05-2013, 08:06 AM
Actually it's "Not even Steve Yzerman will give you no break". I am absolutely certain :)

Now this makes sense visually. I picture a dreadlocks toting Yzerman bearing down on the ice towards a criminal, hockey stick up. He shoots, he scores! Justice served; the crowd goes wild!

Elendil's Heir
08-05-2013, 08:11 AM
You never know with some Presidents: http://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/5317448/il_570xN.78182301.jpg

Jackmannii
08-05-2013, 09:02 AM
Those lyrics are still far more intelligible than what they were singing on All In The Family's "Those Were The Days".

Even when they re-recorded it and emphasized the last obscured line, you couldn't tell what they were singing.

pulykamell
08-05-2013, 09:27 AM
Opinion: I hear "Eisenhower" as well, and confirm your truthful observation.


Hmm...I just listened to it now, and it sounds like "idren" (with an "eye" sound for the first syllable.) I don't hear Eisenhower at all, although I can sort of see how somebody might hear that.

Gary T
08-05-2013, 10:20 AM
I find that EYE-dren NAH resembles EYE-zen-HOW-er, in the context of the song where it's being somewhat muddied by being sung rather than spoken, in an unfamiliar accent, and with instruments in the mix. To someone who had no clue that idren even existed as a word, making it out as Eisenhower seems pretty reasonable to me.

Colibri
08-05-2013, 11:12 AM
To someone who had no clue that idren even existed as a word, making it out as Eisenhower seems pretty reasonable to me.

Aside from that it makes no sense, of course.;)

dracoi
08-05-2013, 12:18 PM
And here I was, thinking it was a Lord of the Rings reference to when Saruman betrayed the Fellowship. "Not even your Isengard give you no break" (The d is not fully vocalized, as is often the case in sung lyrics.)

Colibri
08-05-2013, 02:18 PM
Moved to Cafe Society. Please note this this thread was started in 2003.

Colibri
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Cartoonacy
08-05-2013, 05:51 PM
Those lyrics are still far more intelligible than what they were singing on All In The Family's "Those Were The Days".

Even when they re-recorded it and emphasized the last obscured line, you couldn't tell what they were singing.

You mean "Gee, our old LaSalle (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LaSalle_%28automobile%29) ran great?"

SpeedwayRyan
08-06-2013, 09:21 AM
Mental image of Eisenhower in Crip colors, earrings, bandana on his head, & earrings.

Would he also be wearing earrings?

Uther Penguin
08-06-2013, 11:28 AM
You never know with some Presidents: http://img1.etsystatic.com/000/0/5317448/il_570xN.78182301.jpg

Don't cry for me, Ike and Tina.

Slithy Tove
08-06-2013, 11:43 AM
Well, there was that Pvt. Slovik and the Rosenbergs.